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    Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
    DSHS Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division Mail Code 2081
    909 W. 45th St., Bldg. 552
    Austin, TX 78751

    Phone: (512) 776-3307
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Key Factors Related to Youth Tobacco Use Prevention

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Environment

Merchants refuse to sell to minors
Adults refuse to purchase
No vending machines
Cigarettes costly
No smoking environment
Social norm of no tobacco use
School policy & enforcement
Underage use is illegal

Behavior

Remains tobacco free

Related Behaviors

Participates in extracurricular activities
Does not use alcohol & other drugs

Attitudes, Beliefs & Values

Identifies self as non-smoker *Values health
Family alienation (-)
School alienation (-)
Hope in future
Outcome expectations – uncoool to smoke, smells bad, bad breath, bad for health, sign of maturity & independence (-), helps relax (-), helps control weight (-), helps feel comfortable in social situations (-)
Self-efficacy for refusal skills
Self-efficacy to fight tobacco industry
Perceived social norms for smoking
Perceived likelihood & severity of punishment
Knowledge of tobacco laws & penalties

Anti-smoking activism

Practices refusal skills
Discourages tobacco use by others
Describes manipulation by tobacco industry
Participates in anti-smoking efforts

Interpersonal / Environmental Factors

Parents, peers, physicians, teachers reinforce being smoke free
Parents communicate disapproval of smoking
Friends, parents and siblings are non-users
Parental control
School control

Demographic Factors

Age
Ethnicity
SES
Gender

Last updated April 11, 2011